Saturday, March 21, 2009

A PopeTrip Tragedy

A stampede before the papal youth rally for 30,000 earlier today in Luanda left two attendees dead and several others injured:
"The pope is very upset," a Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said late Saturday.

The stampede broke out as the gates to Coqueiros stadium opened hours before Benedict arrived, Lombardi said.

Portuguese news agency LUSA cited an unidentified source at a local hospital as saying a man and a woman were killed, eight others were hospitalized with minor injuries, and 10 were given medical assistance at the site.

An AP reporter saw another stampede break out when the pope arrived, and at least 20 people were taken away in ambulances.
PHOTO: Getty